If you were wondering why Route 109 in Acton was closed yesterday, it was due to a motorcycle crash involving three motorcycles.
A group of New Hampshire motorcycle enthusiasts traveled to Acton for an outing and the mishap occurred as they were returning to New Hampshire (south on Route 109). Three members of the group (which consisted of five motorcycles) were involved in the mishap.
Robert Welch, 41, of Exeter, New Hampshire, was riding his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle with Brenda Clevesy, 47, of Haverhill, Mass. as a passenger. The Welch motorcycle was driving alongside of Mark Driscoll, 56 of Hampton, New Hampshire, who was riding his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle alone.
Jared Russell, 41, of Barrington, New Hampshire was driving his 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle with his wife, Jennifer Russell, 43 as a passenger. Preliminary analysis showed that Russell, who was behind Welch and Driscoll, appeared to reposition his motorcycle to be either with them or in front of them. In doing so, Russell’s motorcycle struck the Welch and Driscoll bikes, causing all three to crash. None of the motorcyclists or their passengers were wearing helmets.
Jared, who appeared to suffer serious head injuries, was Lifeflighted to the Maine Medical Center (MMC). Jennifer, also suffered serious head injuries, was transported to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford and later transferred to MMC.
Their conditions remain serious at the time of this news release.
Robert Welch and Brenda Clevesy were treated at the scene and released. Mark Driscoll refused treatment at the scene but later reported to seek medical treatment on his own.
Driscoll was able to drive his motorcycle from the scene but the Welch and Russell motorcycles were towed.
In addition to Acton Fire and Rescue, Sanford, Shapleigh and Newfield Rescue Units responded.
Route 109 was closed until approximately 10:30 PM.
Preliminary analysis shows that operator inexperience and other causal factors attributed to this crash. The crash will be reconstructed today by deputies of the sheriff’s office and the Maine Warden Service.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this crash and it serves as a reminder to focus on driving when on our roadways.